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snows are goat to gesignificantly deeper. we're talking about a foot of snow in a lot of places, into connecticut, parts of eastern massachusetts and even into new york. the snow continues all night long. we'll keep watching it for you. >> chad, thank you so much for that. stay aware and stay indoors and hopefully everybody has what they need. that's all for tonight. i'm chris cuomo in for piers. anderson cooper starts right now. chris, thanks very much. good evening, everyone. it's 10:00 here on the east coast. we have two big breaking stories tonight. the man hunt for rogue ex-cop and suspected triple killer. we got these surveillance shots of him taken january 28th outside a hotel in or nj county, california. there's also new video on the firing range as an lapd cadet. we have new information on the man hunt, where it stands at this hour, and a look at exactly what dorner's grievance is with the lapd. why was he removed from the police force, and why he says it was due to the corruption?
ologi also on east coast, the punishing storm is a big story. possibly more snow than everyone has seen in a generation. gale force winds in places, powpow power lines down. more than 130,000 customers without power across new england. thousands of flights canceled. even snow plowers getting stuck as we saw earlier this evening. because it's unfolding as we speak, swee have a team of correspondents across the storm track. we're going to be tracking this frankly all night long. let's begin in massachusetts. jason carroll is in boston. jason, how is it right now? it's not looking good. >> well, anderson, i heard you describe it as punishing. that's a perfect way to describe the conditions here. first of all, i want to give you an idea of what the snow is like because this is an example of what we're dealing with. it's powdery. it was sticky before. the powdery snow, once it starts to blow around, visibility becomes basically zero. that's what we have been seeing. you talked about the snow plow getting stuck. it was right there at 8:00 when i was talking to you.
they had plowed that area. you can see what it looks like now. it's a blanket of snow. again, this was just at 8:00. you can see how much snow has fallen since then. once again, this is where the plow was not too long ago. and the mayor was on not too long ago, basically said some 600 plows are now out on the roads, manning the street, trying to get salt, trying to get sand. 43,000 tons of sand are on standby in the arsenal, waiting to go out on the streets here in boston. they will definitely be needed. we have been seeing a bit of a lull from the wind gusts we saw earlier. at logan international airport, they were clocking wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. when i was standing out here just about an hour ago, it was nearly impossible to talk. so it's nice to get a break from those wind gusts, but what we're seeing now is just a steady light fall of snow that just has been continuing for the past few hours here. and at one point, i have to give a special shoutout to helen murphy who lives across the street where the light is.
we're sitting out here struggling for quite some time, and she opened up her door, let us in, let us use the bathroom, gave us hot chocolate and cookies. big thanks and a big kiss for helping us out. >> nice of her to do that. it's amazing to me. when we began talking about two hours ago at the top of the 8:00 hour, the amount of snow that has fallen just in the last two hours because as you said there was a vehicle on the road, a snow plow going back and forth, creating tracks. there's no sign there have been vehicles on the street where you are now. it looks like a completely fresh blanket of snow. >> i want you to look at it quickly. that's the area we saw the plow was stuck. you can see how much snow has fallen. as you know, the governor has basically issued a ban for all vehicles, non-emergency vehicles out in the street. that has kept the vehicles off the street. we have not seen that. we have seen people like this
very quickly that i have seen. they have been bunkered inside, having basically blizzard parties to keep themselves busy. i know you have been inside this whole time watching us outside. what do you think the city's response has been so far to the blizzard? >> it's been great. they have given us a lot of notice and the signs on the highways and the emergencies on the internet and other signs across the city. it's been -- they have prepared us well. >> i know you guys also stocked up on supplies. earlier, some of the supermarkets in the city were running out of milk, running out of bread. i think you have plenty of other types of supplies to keep you busy. >> we might have other supplies to keep us busy, but we are also, you know, do have supplies and water and things like that. but you know, we are trying to realize that we will be here for the weekend and trying to make sure we have everything that will keep us sustainable through that time period. >> they were telling me earlier, anderson, they hadn't seen snow like this in a few years?
>> long time. >> a few years, gut obviously, we still have a lot more to go before the night is over. >> jason, we'll be checking with you. we'll be on the air for two hours and more coverage after that, so all night long. a short drive down the coast from where jason is, ali velshi is in cape cod in the town of dennisport, massachusetts. he's had brutal conditions. winds are gusting near hurricane strength, ali, right? >> i was actually thinking that, anderson. it feels more like a hurricane. last two hours that we have talked, this storm has changed its personality. a few times. what we've got, jason, i have to poke that kid in the eye next time i see him about how he had a hot chocolate. they're getting gusting winds to 50. we're probably approaching sustained winds of 50. 40 last time i checked and it's picked up. punishing, the sideways snow pellet, ice pellets, i don't even know how to describe it. it's like dermabrasion on your face. look at the surf behind me.
we're at high tide, and it's pretty rough surf. i'm in the south end of cape cod, in dennisport. if you go east of here to chatham and that stretch of cape cod that goes from the southeast to the northwest, that's where they're going to get the most of the storm. interesting, anderson, since we last talked, something else happened. all of the crew and i felt -- we felt a pop in our ears. the sort of which you get when you're desending. see that wind, that gust coming through, anderson? chad says just north of us we have gusts of 74 miles per hour. that's approaching hurricane strength. this is a gust coming through. this is not 50 miles per hour. this is a lot more than that. anyway, we felt a pop, the kind that you get when you're descending down a hill or in a plane. chad says that's the two systems coming together above us. it's kicked the winds up substantially and turned that snow into pellets. it's just a weird kind of snow. this isn't the nice blizzard you watch from inside. this is the kind that is
punishing. while i was on air with you a couple hours ago, you heard that transformer blow. from what we can tell, our crew is taking a look around. we still have power here. lights have flickered just a little bit. it's gotten colder. i don't know hot the effect of the rest of the storm as it comes in and gets closer in the next two or three hours is going to do to the surf and flood zone, but we're in a flod zone. we're mostly worried about the wind, the effect it's having on power and what happens with the surf. right now, you can see it's pretty punishing. >> stay with us because i want to bring in chad myers. the pop he was talking about. what is happening big picture there? >> it is an intense deepening of the low, which means the pressure of the low pressure is going down very rapidly. it's like you could watch that barometer on your mantel just that needle move all by itself because the low that came across with the cold has now met up with the low that came up from the south that brought the wind and the rain to the southeast. that low now is intensifying.
it's become one. one plus one is like two and a half, and that's where it is at this point in time, and that wind will continue for ali as the low cogoes up this way, by noon, it will take all of the rainfall with it and snowfall with it. here's the deal, anderson. here's where it's snowing right now. right there. a little off the coast, but here's where it's going to snow in three hours. here's where it's going to snow in six hours and here's where it's going to snow in 12 hours. what places are going to get snow for the next 6 to 9 hours? right through here. this area right through here in all of the circles. so if you're in that still eastern half of new england, you have many, many more hours to go. >> you know, chad, some folks in new york are looking at the conditions right now in new york, and it's not so bad here, thankfully. and they're going to be saying, look, this was overblown. why is this storm different? why is this storm a big deal? >> it's a big deal because we knew that new england, the eastern part, as the wind blows onshore from maine down to massachusetts and new hampshire,
all of these areas here will get ocean effect snow. the ocean is going to give up some of its moisture. some of its humidity. it's still relatively warm. 40-something degrees. it's like a lake effect snow event that will come across ontario and hit watertown or come across erie and hit buffalo, but instead of a lake effect, it's a snow effect, and insnow will be pounded right through this area and i'm not kidding, there will be some spots toorment, 36 to 40 inches. right now, we're up to about 15 in some spots, and it's still snowing heavily. >> and we just lost ali's picture, ali is back now. ali is there cowering from this wind. chad, can you tell ali how long it's going to be at this level of storm for him? >> what we're seeing is this giant eight-foot satellite dish and the wind is blowing the dish around, not pointing in one direction. he has wind like this for the
next ten hours. >> wow, ten hours. >> ten. >> yikes. all right, chad, we're going to continue to check in with you. ali, as well. stick around. let's head back to rhode island. in that state alone, 87,000 customers are without power tonight so far. it could get worse. poppy harlow joined me from providence, and one of the circles that chad just drew. poppy, it's looking like a white-out behind you. >> it's a complete white-out, great point, anderson. let's point our camera down the end of the block, a restaurant, a tall hotel. you can't even see it anymore. that's the change we had in the last half hour. the pellets that ali and jason are feeling are coming right at us. there goes my hat. i'm sure cnn will give me another one. it's white-out conditions here. this is wet snow because it's 34 degrees, and that's the huge problem. that's why you have 87,000 customers in rhode island alone without power. because the snow is building up on the power lines. it's bringing them down. we just talked to the mayor's representative. he told us in providence alone,
they have had 60 calls of downed trees or downed power lines. they have 120 vehicles alone on the road in providence. it's getting worse by the hour. when you talk about what the long-term projection is here, i just looked online. we haven't even seen the worst of it. it says at 11:00, we're going to get the heavier winds coming in here. that's a big concern. what makes this very different than the great blizzard of 1978 we're told by the governor, is that the technology is so much better. i saw it in play tonight at the emergency command center. the gps they have on the plows that are out there, the advance warning they have, is significant, but i will tell you, they closed the entire i-95 corridor down about 5, 6 hours ago. they haven't done that since the great blizzard of '78. they made it at 5:00 illegal for any cars to be on the road. this is why we're standing in the center of providence, downtown, complete white-out, and it's going oo be like this
at least through 6:00 a.m. >> if you're home, grab some cocoa, get a blanket and watch the stuff on tv. appreciate it. we'll check back with you. especially around the 11:00 hour when it's supposed to get really bad in providence. follow me at twitte twitter @andersoncooper. coming up next, the hunt for a rogue ex-cop. he's killed three allegedly already. new video of his shooting skills. more information on the search. we'll be right back. ♪ [ male announcer ] how could switchgrass in argentina, change engineering in dubai, aluminum production in south africa, and the aerospace industry in the u.s.? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest with confidence.
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christopher dorner still at large. posable, possibly we say in the snowy mountains east of los angeles. we don't know. tonight, police in irvine, california, released these two surveillance videos. this was taken on the 28t of january. we also have exclusive video of dorner taken at the police academy shooting range during his time as a cadet. these days, he's on a self proclaimed mission of revenge against the police force that he said let him go. he has already taken three lives that we know about. police have mistakenly shot two people in the search for him and shot at at least one more. we'll take a closer look shortly at dorner's list of grievances and whether there's in fact anything to them. we want to figure out why he was kicked off the police department in the first place because that is the spark that has led him down this completely nonsensical road. first, though, the ongoing man hunt. randi kaye has the latest. >> despite the snow and drop in temperatures, search teams climb
to hieigher elevations, hoping find christopher dorner, the man who has eluded them for days. here at big bear mountain, more than 100 officers are searching for dorner. they're using dogs, too. they went door to door last night without any luck, so now they're focusing on a number of abandoned cabins high up the mountain, wondering if dorner set up camp there. s.w.a.t. teams used snowcats to get up the mountain. others jumped inside armored personnel carriers. >> certainly, there has been time to get out of here, but we're not sure if he has in fact left. there's a number of places up on the mountain that we haven't got to yet that we're continuing to search. >> the search is massive. bear mountain, which is in the san bernardino national forest, stretches hundreds of miles. but police and s.w.a.t. teams are up against more than some treacherous terrain. dorner is a trained marksman with survival skills. he could have them in his sights before they spot him. >> it's extremely dangerous. i explained to them to be very careful, but our folks are highly trained.
>> snowy weather isn't making the job any easier. the sheriff was hoping to put his choppers in the air. they're equipped with thermal images and would make spotting dorner on the ground easier if he's still here, but given the snow and the poor visibility, the helicopters were grounded, at least for now. dorner's burned out truck, which authorities recovered thursday on a mountain trail, has been removed and is being processed for clues. and those footprints leading away from the truck, officials now say they stopped suddenly when they reached frozen ground. another dead end. with the search in its second day, authority have so many questions. they want to know if dorner has any ties to big bear, had he ever visited here or maybe even had a cabin here. they're also trying to figure out if he had come here earlier, before the shooting spree, to stash supplies. and if he did, how long will those supplies last? no matter the answer, police aren't leaving here until they're sure he's left the mountain or they find him. >> randi is joining us now live.
i remember last night in the 8:00 hour when we were reporting on this, there was a police press conference. the police were saying they had these air assets, they had helicopters with the thermal imaging you talked about. the fact they haven't been able to get those air assets into the air is clearly an issue today. do you know how long the bad conditions are supposed to remain? how long is the visibility supposed to be bad? how long are the choppers going to be grounded? >> these are really white-out conditions. the sheriff really wasn't able to say how long the choppers would have to stay on the ground. the snow is supposed to continue into tomorrow. today, they had no chose but to get out there on the snowcats, so they did that. but the snow, they say, may be working to their advantage. even though it's very difficult to get around, the roads are treacherous, many of them are clos closed, but they can spot footprints. if christopher dorner is here, they may be able to spot his footprints. they had footprints from a cross
country skier, they checked those out, but they proved not to belong to christopher dorner. in some sense, it's very difficult, but in another sense, they could be agadvantage. >> you could have a lot of snowfall in a short amount of time. dorner's mom's home was searched today. do we know anything about that? >> yes, this is the second time they have met with his mother. they had spoken to her, but today they went back with a search warrant and a forensics team and they looked at the computers there. we don't know exactly what they took or found, but you can bet they were probably searching the computers to see if he had looked add a possible place to escape to or if he had bought some airline tickets or made contact with somebody who might be helping him. those would be things they would be looking for. but he didn't live at the house. he was pretty much estranged from his mom. he was there from time to time. there in high school, college. but they were there with that search warrant. >> joining me now is john miller who worked in counterterrorism
and criminal intelligence at lapd. we obtained this video of him on the shooting range. it's pretty short. but does it give you any sense of his skill level? do you know much about his skill level, how proficient he is? >> i mean, you have to -- you have to obtain a certain proficiency to pass that test. and that's, you know, i think above 85%. but you know, you look at that. that is the lapd's training academy, which is up in the san fernando valley. i have shot in that particular range and qualified on that range for many, many hours in the lapd training. and they spend a good deal of time explaining how to handle that weapon, really, they do it so repetitively, it becomes muscle memory. >> what are you hearing about the search today? >> a couple of things. number one, as randi kind of pointed out, the fact that his
truck ends up there on fire, on big bear mountain, is significant. you don't go there by accident. it's not a wrong turn that you make. it's far from l.a. and far from san diego. so it's indicative that he went there with a purpose. now, his family owned property there years ago. they don't have it now, but what that tells us is he's got a familiarity with the area, that he went there with purpose. he probably didn't get to where he wanted to go. he didn't dump that truck there because he needed to get rid of it there. he broke the axel on those rough roads and couldn't go any further. he set the truck on fire. they recovered some ammunition inside, but no weapons which means the long guns, the assault weapon, the pistols, and whatever ammunition he could carry, depending on how far he had to move and hike, probably went with him. so that opens a number of possibilities about where he would be going and what he would intend to do there. >> also, the police in this manhunt, they have actually shot two civilians who were -- my
understanding is they were in a truck delivering newspapers and police in torrance shot at another vehicle. what do you know about that, and how does thought get investigated? >> well, let's talk about the incidents and we'll have to do that somewhat superficially because all of the facts aren't in. but in the first case, with the newspaper delivery people, you have a truck that's on the highway, that roughly fits the description that everybody is looking for of the suspect's vehicle. >> we're showing the truck there. >> it gets off the exit, and then it starts proceeding down a street within blocks of one of the targets on his hit list. >> his manifesto. >> in fact, one of the people involved in his dismissal. as it turned on the street, the truck turns off the headlights, slows down, and is cruises down the street. here's where you go to mindset. the mindset of the officers is the truck went from being suspicious to very, very suspicious. let's frame this.
the people inside the truck aren't doing anything wrong. they're delivering newspapers and this is part of their routine, so it's not to suggest anything on their part. but if you put yourself in the meantimeset of the officers, the truck enters the block, dims the headlights, is moving very slowly toward the target's house, the last police officers who confronted the truck that the officers have in their mind, which is dorner's truck, didn't get to do a car stop. he came, he stopped them, basically. he came out of the truck, came over the hood. opened fire with a semiautomatic assault weapon. peppered their car with bullets, so the officers' mindset is this is a highly dangerous stop we're going to make. from there, what happened, what commands they gave or didn't give, you heard what the lawyer said. >> the lawyer says they didn't give commands, didn't identify themselves, just started shooting. >> whether that truck was asked to stop, they didn't have to identify themselves. they're in a black and white police car in police uniforms. so i mean if you look at the footage there, and those were the officers who made the stop and they said they were the ones
when the doors opened, there's no mystery who they were. the question is what commands were given, what was heard and what wasn't heard. not to suggest that the people in the truck did anything wrong, but what this is, or the shooting that happens down the road where that truck is making a turn, one officer tells it to turn, the other rams into it because he's hearing the radio traffic about a vehicle which is probably the other one, what this tells us is the tension level among the police who have been fired on by this guy, who have gone from the hunters to the hunted in some sense, and the level of tension and the reaction -- >> is very high. >> it's a difficult situation. >> what do you make of the fact we have really gone a day without any new sightings, any more information or hearing anything from him. no mere shootings that we know of? >> a couple possible things. so that takes us back to he dumps the truck. and he starts moving towards his intended location. does he have an intended location? in the arc of his planning, and
he's done some on the front end of this, including prestaging it with packages to the media, victim, presurveillance and so on. on the back hand, has he understood when his truck gets too hot to use with changed plates, does he have a stash vehicle that's remote enough but he's familiar enough. possible two, he's familiar with the area, he just want to get in a house, lay low for a couple days, one of the empty vacation houses and plan his next move, or does he get into a house? this is very common where they buy a new car, take their old car and stick it in the driveway of the vacation home. does he get in that house, get the keys and is already gone. you saw the san bernardino sheriff was aggressive about moving people there, trying to it a perimeter they could cordon off and searching that area of 400 homes to say this is a real opportunity to try and find him. and that's, as randi told us,
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hey, welcome back. what a night. so many stories on different fronts on both coasts. looking at dennis port, massachusetts, on cape cod. wind there gusting to hurricane force at times. here in new york city, the worst of the storm is hours away. chris cuomo is here, he's new to the cnn team. we welcome him on this night.
it doesn't look bad compared to what we've seen in boston, in cape cod, but authorities are warning residents that some areaerize going to be particularly hard hit in the coming hours, right? >> absolutely right. first, i want to thank you for the coat and hat. very nice of you. appreciate it. glad to be on the team. the problem with the blizzard is that a blizzard doesn't get its name from snow accumulation. it gets it from wind. and wind also contributes very greatly to storm surge. in these areas, especially where sandy did a lot of damage, they're already a flood risk. so that is raise the flood zone, and there are going to be problems and the states have been preparing for that. >> a lot of low-lying areas on long island could be heart hid. a lot of those places got hit by sandy. the city was kind of unprepared for the blizzard that hit back two or three years ago in 2010. they certainly seem better prepared this time, don't they? >> you know what, they
absolutely are. it's not a mistake. this city and the state had to completely overhaul emergency management because it turns out there's a 100-year storm like every year now. so the main things they did is they hooked up municipalities so they can talk to each other much more readily. common sense, but they weren't doing it. there are more assets, but they also predeploy. they're sending things to the vulnerable areas before the storm starts. >> i remember the blizzard of '78. i think i'm much more older and decrepit that you are, but i was 10 years old. i remember that still registers in my mind as the big storm. there had been reports this could be bigger than that, but i guess it's probably too early to tell what the overall snowfall is going to be. >> well, look, as we know from mr. myers, all of this is predicting and watching the different patterns of it. we got hit incredibly hard in 1978, and the problem was we weren't ready for it.
so communities were shut down for days and days. this is a different day in terms of preparedness. it's also important to remind the viewers that it's not over yet. as chad as been telling us, overnight, things could happen that could make this record snowfall for boston. i think the record is 27 inches. this could get to 30 or beyond. i think new york city is going to be okay. but this storm has a really big landscape to it because it's two converging fronts. >> chris, how happy are you that you're not ali velshi tonight? stuck out on cape cod, just getting hammered? >> listen, ali velshi is the man. i have known it a long time. i have never heard anybody speak so quickly and so carefully while getting blown by tornadic winds at the same time. he is the man. >> yeah, he's speaking quickly because he wants to get back in the truck or get inside. no doubt about that. >> that's right. >> hey, chris, thanks very much. thanks for the reporting tonight. i want to check in before we get to ali who is frankly just
stitting there shivering, i want to check in with poppy harlow. do you have your hat back? >> i got my hat back. i got my hat back because there was no one here to steal my hat because there's not one soul that's as crazy as we are to be out. you mentioned the white-out conditions here in providence. we're in the center of downtown, and it's completely barren. look at the end of the block. there's a very high hotel, very tall hotel and restaurant, and i can't even see it and it's just at the end of the block. the snow here is getting persistently wetter and more pellets are flying at our face. that's exactly what came down from cape cod where ali is. that's the problem here. the snow is just so wet, so heavy, on the power lines. 87,000 power outages as of about an hour ago. you can imagine it's gotten worse. the mayor's office telling us 60 calls have come in already for downed power lines, downed trees, and when your power goes out, your heat goes out. that's the big problem that we
had in the wake of sandy, that heat and power were out for weeks. the concern here is how quickly can they get the power back up? they have 120 emergency vehicles, plows, every contractor they could find with a plow they hired in this city to get them out. another update i want to give you, for folks thinking about newport, rhode island, or any of those coastal areas, they have closed the major bridge to newport at this point. the emergency officials saying because they have had sustained winds of 58 miles per hour. so they have closed that bridge down. the i-95 corridor through all of massachusetts, all of connecticut, all of rhode island is closed down. that's historic. that hasn't happened since the great blizzard of 1978. and it is officially illegal in any of those states for cars to be on the road right now. that's why you're seeing none of them, and anderson, as i said, the worst of the storm expected to start hitting here in about half an hour. stay persistently bad through
6:00 a.m., and it's going to continue snowing, frankly, through all of tomorrow morning. and the snow here, it's sticking, and that's the big problem. how do you get it all out of here. >> it's so crazy. other than the one person in your live shot i saw walking behind you, everything is basically frozen and totally static behind you. it looks like a still photo or something. >> it's surveal. it's surreal. totally surreal. you mentioned these guys. they're right over there. i think they're college students, maybe bar hopping because they used the boat over in the park here as a sled earlier, anderson. but they're the only ones we have seen out here the entire time. i was talking to one of the emergency officials who drove by us. and they actually came to check and make sure we were okay. and i said, have you seen anything like this since '78 and he said absolutely not. but they have got a lot better technology now. they have the gps on the plows, so you know, they have a handle on this as best they can, but i
think it's not going to be until the later morning hours that they really understand how bad this is. >> chad myers is talking about another ten hours, nine hours from this point. i want to bring in ali velshi because i have to tell you, it is just miserable out there for him and all the folks out there. i hope they're mostly inside. i hate to keep asking you this, ali, but it seems to be getter worse and worse for you. >> it's changing. there's a couple things that are changing. that's the weird thing. my vocabulary of ways to describe snow and wind is exhausted at this point from all of the ways -- it's almost squall like now. for instance, there's a light house east of me. i can't tell how far it is. but all night, i haven't been able to see it. now i see a flashing light. so there's some clarity, there's a little less precipitation, but it's still like needles poking into your eyes. the winds are sustained at a lower rate. we're at 38 miles per hour at hyann hyannis, which is right next door to us. that's a little -- but our
gusting winds are up above 60. 61 miles per hour, and it's at a point north of us, it got up to 74. so it's changing its personality. it's not that sustained, almost hurricane like blowing wind and snow. i think chad used a term earlier, said it's like a fire hose of snow. that's sort of come back. i can see more clearly in front of me. the visibility is greater. you know, almost clear here. but then these stinging winds come in. and the gusts increase. so not sure what to make of it. i'm glad poppy got her hat back. if mine came off, it would show up in sierra leone. it's really heavy wind. i think everybody is hunkered down in cape cod. i should tell you,andserson, it's not a representative of you, because i'm in the south part of cape cod. if you go east to chatham, they're getting ing iting it w. if you go up the northeast side of cape cod, that's where they're going to get more storm surge and greater winds.
this isn't the worst of it on cape cod. we know there are power outages. at the moment, it's changing its complexion once again. >> how cold is it? are you just freezing now? >> it's colder than it is for poppy. poppy is above freezing. we're above freezing for much of the day, which is why we didn't get as much accumulation. i can't say it's as cold as it is just pelting. it's fierce. like little pebbles hitting you all the time. if i turn my back, anderson, it's not bad. i'm not terribly cold. it's the wind that is from time to time forcing me down toward the ocean. don't tell my dad i said that. he's not happy with the distance between me and the ocean. when i turn this direction, it's just coming into my face. not all that cold. that's the good news. >> i'm not sure what is sadder, watching you facing the camera or huddled away from the camera. either one, it's really just -- i feel for you, ali. i have been out there a lot and i didn't realize how bad one feels being in the studio
talking to someone shivering out in the field. >> yeah. we're here for you all night, though. >> by the way, we're getting a lot of tweet saying you should get an emmy. i'm betting right now you would rather have a cup of cocoa. >> yes, in fact, and by the way, jason carroll apparently had one. so i'm still kind of a little sore about that. but we'll talk back in the office. >> a very nice lady gave jason carroll and his crew some cocoa and stuff earlier. let's go to jason carroll in boston. jason, it looks like winds have picked up because it's looking like a lot of the powdery snow that was on the ground is being picked up and swirled around. >> it is. and it's creating problems in terms of visibility. look up the street here where we are in south boston, anderson. you can see what i mean here. all that powdery snow we talked about earlier is now creating near zero visibility when you're on some of these side streets here. if you take a look at what's happen here. a plow was on this road about an hour ago. it's bringing the snow on the
side. tomorrow, the story is going to be the big digout. not just for the cars parked on this street in south boston, but all throughout the city. in order to help some 600 plows are out on the roads as we speak right now doing what they can to try to combat the storm. and throughout the state, they have got some 4,000 pieces of equipment that are out spreading salt, spreading sand, doing anything they can, but as you can see from the conditions here, they really have an uphill battle because for the next several hours, the conditions in boston are just going to continue to get even worse. i know you were making fun of me about that hot chocolate, but you have to do what you have to to to try to stay warm. most people are staying inside. they're heeding the warnings from officials not to head outside. as you know, the governor already has banned traffic out on the roadways. the exemption only being for emergency vehicles. that has certainly helped because we haven't seen passenger vehicles out in the
road. the own only vehicles we have s are plows. as you saw earlier, at 8:00, a plow came here, got stuck in this location, then got stuck over there. at this point, it doesn't even look like he plowed. this is just what people are going to have to deal with here in boston for the next several hours as we stand here and deal with these blizzard like conditions. anderson. >> jason, we're showing the viewers on the left-hand side, you're on the right-hand side. on the left-hand side, we have a camera in a vehicle that is just driving around boston. so that's the view from a moving vehicle in boston. you get a sense of how little traffic there is on the roads and what there is is usually emergency vehicles, police vehicles, as you see there. folks are not supposed to be on the road unless they have a reason to be, right, jason? >> that's absolutely right. that's what the governor says. if you end up getting caught in the road, anderson, you're looking at a fine up to $500, or you could end up spending up to a year in prison. so nothing to mess around with
in terms of trying to be out here in the roads. what happens is you get people who want to come out, want to see what the conditions are like. that's how you end up getting stuck in your car, and then emergency vehicles have to get to you. you end up clogging up the system. it was really a good decision on the part of the state, on the part of the city to make sure that people who didn't have to be out here are not out here. that's the situation that we're seeing now. >> and again, just like with poppy's shot, actually, we're showing you shot of greenwich, connecticut. there's a guy on cross country skis, cross country skiing at this time of night. >> brave soul. >> what is interesting about your shot is other than the young people who you talked to a little bit earlier who war out stretching their legs and wa wanting to get out of the house after having, i think, a couple drinks, again, just like with poppy's shot, it's basically completely still in the back. you don't see vehicles out on the road anymore. you don't see other people. >> well, look, there's one lone
person there in the middle of the street that you can see. i don't know if you can make that out with our light and some of the blizzard like conditions. but basically, very few people out here, and a little trick i have been doing, that ali has been doing. you see me turning around in my live shots. it's because every time the wind blows one direction, i sort of side step and move in another direction so i can actually talk to you. just a little trick here with the weather. ali was trying to find ways to describe what's happening. one word, freezing. really really cold and painful. >> if that was not painful enough, ali also talked about poking you in the eye because you got the better assignment. he's stuck on the beach. i think he's calling his agent right now. we're going to check in with you throughout the evening. we'll be live until midnight and more cnn coverage all night long. this thing, we're looking at another aieight hours at least the most intense part of the
storm. the reason we're giving you that shot from the vehicle driving down the road is just to encourage other people not to get into their vehicles. just to give you a sense of how treacherous the roads are right now, and again, that's only going to get worse in the boston area. more snow here in new york expected as well. this is what it looks like in staten island, which was an area hit hard by superstorm sandy. we'll go there next. [ male announcer ] need help keeping your digestive balance in sync?
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blizzard pummeling the northeast tonight is the last thing staten island needs. three months ago, hurricane sandy hit the borough hard. now, a snow storm. gary tuchman joins us from staten island. that community was hit very hard by sandy just three months ago. >> well, anderson, staten island is not getting as much snow as massachusetts or connecticut, but nowhere in the blizzard zone was there more anxiety because of what happened here three months ago. staten island is 5% of the population of new york city, but in more than half of the deaths, 23 people died here in staten island from hurricane sandy three months ago. and hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged. for example, this one right here, the rubble is still here from this house that was destroyed on october 29th.
the street looks familiar to you, anderson, to our viewers, this is where we did one of our live programs during hurricane sandy. there's a plow coming down the street, don't get hit by it, i'm telling our photographer not to get hit. i don't think he saw us, right now. that could have been the first fatalities of this particular blizzard. i'm going to move our cord here so the plow doesn't run us over. this house right over here, this house was heavily damaged, too. the people inside that house right there have just finished rebuilding it. they were supposed to move in this week. now they're concerned because of the snow coming down, they're going to have to delay moving into the house. i want to show you something else, this tent here. a private citizen here in rostan island built this to feed the homeless citizens. if he would have run us over, that would have been very embarra embarrassi embarrassing. anyway, a private citizen built this tent, feeding home lsdz
people, and even today, homeless people were inside that tent having good meals. >> has to be so high, anticipating what could happen there. and it's nice to see the tent to give people shelter and food. we'll check in with you later. more than 130,000 people already without power. further north in new england, ashl ashleigh banfield is in greenwich, we saw somebody actually cross country skiing there. that was -- have you seen a lot of that tonight? >> you want a meter? come on over here, anderson. i stopped her because when you took her shot, i have to ask you. it's 11:00 at night. what are you doing cross country skiing? >> i'm a physician who always tells people they ought to be exercising on their way to work, so i skied to my office just now. >> you have got to be kidding. >> i kid you not. just up the street. >> you're from wisconsin, aren't you? >> i'm from wisconsin. >> i can call it. i don't want to stop you having your fun on your way. that was really lovely to watch.
so have a good time, enjoy yourself, and be careful as we get later on. you know, you never know, anderson, who you're going to meet out on the street in a blizzard. meet little tiny savannah. why are you out walking with your baby? >> savannah is about 9 1/2 months old, and she's always looking for adventure, so we figured, why not? this is her first big snow storm, so we're excited. she loves nimmo. >> and cooped up all day, right? >> she actually was at her boyfriend's place. about 15 minutes ago. he's a couple months younger than she is. >> say hi to anderson cooper. >> hey, anderson. >> you guys get home. it's starting to come down. take care. anderson, we have been checking out the levels. and i e-mails chad myers earlier. i said there was a real calm before the storm. i couldn't figure out why we didn't have snow. it's like magic chad because it's really started to come down here. take a look at the snowfall now. and i just wanted to let you
know that while it's lovely, it's also a real pain in the butt because we're now getting reports of about 26,600 people without power in connecticut. that's sure to get worse. i do want to report something to you. just before you came to us, a number of emergency vehicles went flying by with their sirens on. so i called the connecticut state police and said what's going on. they said apparently a trooper has had an accident on 95. apparently he's okay. minor injuries, but it was enough. an ambulance going by and all the rest tells you if the trooper is getting into an accident, there's a reason there's a state-wide ban on travel. one other thing i have been doing, i have been doing the presidents measurements. as the governor of the state said, this is when it's going to start getting a lot more serious. the snowfall is going to start getting more thick, 3 to 5 inches an hour. and our official presidents measurement, we have reached millard fillmore. i have been waiting. i have been waiting to reach fillmore, which is about seven inches or so.
every ten minutes or so, we're going up a president, and they're really cooped up. they can't get on the streets, so they're going bananas. >> i know you're cold, but what are you talking about? i don't understand. the measurements of the presidents? >> anderson cooper, get your kathy griffin on. i have a second grader, so this is how the rulers are when you're in second grade. they're the presidents. get with the program. i have been measuring in president. we started at george washington. i'm waiting to get to cleveland, not second term, first term, because that's halfway. >> been a long night, hasn't it? >> i have been up since 4:00. that's all i can say. >> listen, try to stay warm, h ashlas ashlei ashleigh. we'll continue to check in with you and be right back. hey son. have fun tonight. ♪ ♪ back against the wall ♪ ain't nothin to me ♪ ain't nothin to me
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